The Broward County Board of County Commissioners requires lobbyists to register pursuant to the Broward County Lobbyist Registration Act. This Act governs the activities for which a person must register as a lobbyist with Broward County and the penalties for violating the registration and reporting requirements.
To register as a lobbyist, visit the above link and select “New Registration.” You must have an AccessBROWARD account to register.
Cone of Silence
The Board of County Commissioners recently updated provisions of the Cone of Silence Ordinance, Section 1-266, of the Broward County Code of Ordinances, effective as of April 1, 2022.
The County's Cone of Silence Ordinance prohibits all communications, oral or written, relating to a competitive solicitation among vendors/vendor representatives, County Staff, and Commissioner Offices while the cone is in effect. Communications with Purchasing Division employees, the solicitation's designated Project Manager(s) or designee(s), the Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) Small Business Development Specialist Supervisor (954) 357-6400, and others as specifically identified in the Cone of Silence Ordinance are permitted. Additionally, communication is permitted at pre-bid conferences and negotiation meetings, as applicable.
The Cone of Silence begins upon the advertisement of an ITB, RFP, RFQ, or RLI. The Cone of Silence terminates when the solicitation is awarded, all responses are rejected, or the Board takes other action which ends the solicitation. The Cone of Silence Ordinance for unsolicited public-private partnership (P3) proposals starts for Vendor that submitted the proposal upon the County's receipt of the proposal; and for all other Vendors, it starts upon County's decision to advertise for the subject matter of the proposal.
Any violations of the Code of Silence Ordinance by any vendor/vendor representative, may be reported to the County's Professional Standards/Human Rights Section. If the County's Professional Standards/Human Rights Section determines that a violation has occurred, a fine shall be imposed as provided in the Broward County Code of Ordinances. At the sole discretion of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, a violation may void an award of the applicable competitive solicitation.
Review the Cone of Silence Ordinance, Section 1-266 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances, for more detailed information.